Office of the Fire Chief

The Office of the Fire Chief is composed of staff that report directly to the Fire Chief, including finance and public information.

Page updated on Jul 3, 2019 at 3:17 PM

Welcome to the Alexandria Fire Department website. As you view our website, I hope you find answers to questions you might have about how AFD serves the City of Alexandria,Acting Fire Chief Smedley and I encourage you to learn more about our community outreach efforts and get involved in some of our community programs.

As you may know, the Alexandria Fire Department holds a special place in the history of the City of Alexandria. Founded by volunteers in 1774, it counts George Washington among its early members. The first paid professional firefighters were hired in 1855. In 2016, the City celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Alexandria Fire Department.

I invite you to view our most recent annual report, consider applying for our Community Fire Academy program, visit the Department of General Services webpage for the Fire Station 203 Replacement Project, and learn more about our ASSIST smoke detector installation program.

It's an honor to serve the residents of this City as acting fire chief and lead the amazing members of this organization. I'm proud of our men and women in uniform for their hard work and dedication and our administrative and support staff who work diligently behind the scenes. Every one of those individuals contributes to the department's success in serving our community.

- Corey Smedley

2017 Annual Report


Public Information Office

The image of the Alexandria Fire Department, and its perception in the community and surrounding areas are of the utmost importance. The Alexandria Fire Department’s Public Information Office oversees operations of the department’s social media accounts, the website, and communications with local and regional media representatives. The Public Information Office is staffed by a civilian Senior Public Information Officer (PIO) and four sworn, on-duty PIOs. The Public Information Office also works closely with the Community Outreach Unit.

PIOs respond to multi-alarm fires, major incidents in the City, and incidents where media is present. Additionally, PIOs collaborate with the Office of Communications and Public Information (OCPI) to notify the City Manager about certain incidents that may impact residents and/or normal operations in the City. The Public Information Office is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In the event of an emergency during afterhours, duty PIOs are on call from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends.

Follow the Alexandria Fire Department on social media for the latest updates and information about community events.

Twitter: twitter.com/AlexandriaVAFD & twitter.com/AlexandriaVAOEM

Facebook: facebook.com/AlexandriaVAFD & facebook.com/AlexandriaVAOEM

Instagram: @alexandriavafd

The PIO can be reached at 703.746.5190 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A duty PIO can be reached during afterhours and weekends at 703.746.5195.


Finance Office

The Alexandria Fire Department's budget consists of the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) and general fund operating budgets. The fiscal year starts on July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year. The general fund is the portion of the budget that is funded by City of Alexandria tax dollars. The operating budget refers to the day-to-day operations of the department consisting of salaries, supplies, equipment and does not include the capital budget, which deals with the replacement of fire stations and other fixed facilities. Local City of Alexandria tax dollars provide 96% of the department's overall operating budget. The CIP provides funding for major capital projects such as new or renovated fire stations and heavy vehicle purchases. The charts below show more information on the Fire Department Operating Budget.

Finance Chart 1

The Alexandria Fire Department has an overall operating budget of $58M. Of this, $50.2M is related to personnel costs (salaries, benefits, overtime) while $7.8M is non-personnel related (supplies, hose, ladders, personal protective gear, uniforms, maintenance of stations and vehicles, debt service on engine/ladder/medic unit purchases, etc.).

Finance Chart 2 (2019)


Finance Chart 3 (2019)

The Fire Department is constantly working to bring in State and Federal grants to help supplement City funding. Alexandria has recently been successful in receiving grants from both State and Federal sources. A brief listing of these grants includes:

  • 2018 applied for $1.5M in Federal funding for the SAFER grant for engine company staffing (application pending award)
  • 2018 applied for $800K in Federal funding for Assistance to Firefighters grant for paramedic training and health & safety initiatives (application pending award)
  • 2017 received $1.5M in Federal funding for SAFER grant for ladder truck staffing
  • 2017 received $850K in Federal funding for Assistance to Firefighters grant for paramedic training and special operations training

The 10 Year CIP also includes funding for replacement of Fire Stations and other buildings. Also included is the actual purchase of large apparatus in the CIP (debt service), repaid in the operating budget.

A brief chart is below outlining the building projects currently in the CIP for the Fire Department:

 Project/Building Current Age (as of 2019) Current Budgeted Cost for ReplacementYear Funding Scheduled to Begin Project Scheduled for Completion 
 Fire Station 203 70 years$11.9M20152020 
 Fire Station 20570 years$11.2M  20212023 
 Fire Station 20756 years$18.2M20252028
Burn Building38 years$2.1M2022  2024
     
 Fire Station 20843 yearsNot currently scheduled for replacement     
 Fire Station 20661 yearsNot currently scheduled for replacement     


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